Recipe for fishing success varies
Conditions are favorable for anglers to have success during the first week of trout season, a member of the Arrowhead Chapter of Trout Unlimited said. And the recipe for success is open-ended.
“We’ll have some warm temperatures and relatively warm, low, clear water,” said Mark Transue, owner of Transue’s Bait and Tackle in West Kittanning. “You can most likely have good success with just about any live bait, but it may pay to have a variety in your bait box.
“Because of the warm conditions, fly fishermen may have good success with dry flies in blue quill or blue wing olives. Wet flies in the same patterns also may work well.
“Of course, there’s old stand-bys like woolly buggers, and if you’ll be using them I’d recommend an olive color. Egg patterns like sucker spawn in yellow, or black stone fly nymphs would be a good bet, too.”
Transue said proven spin fishing favorites include Rooster Tails and C.P. Swing lures.
“Rooster Tails now offer a single hook lure instead of a treble hook that should be ideal for catch and release fishermen,” he said. “If you want to ensure a good release, you can pinch the barb on the hook shut.”
Transue said when using lures, retrieves should be fairly slow and live bait may be drifted.
“There will be a lot of people out fishing on opening day because of the Easter holiday,” he said. “Not as many will be going to the mountains. But I understand the Fish and Boat Commission has stocked plenty of fish, so there should be some good fishing action.
“This opening day should be pretty good, maybe better than average.”